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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70

Portability
87
Imaging
53
Features
64
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 front
 
Pentax Optio E70 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 Key Specs

Panasonic GF6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 323g - 111 x 65 x 38mm
  • Launched April 2013
  • Superseded the Panasonic GF5
  • Newer Model is Panasonic GF7
Pentax E70
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 61 x 26mm
  • Revealed January 2009
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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 Overview

In this article, we are contrasting the Panasonic GF6 and Pentax E70, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by companies Panasonic and Pentax. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the GF6 (16MP) and E70 (10MP) and the GF6 (Four Thirds) and E70 (1/2.3") use different sensor sizing.

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The GF6 was unveiled 4 years after the E70 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic GF6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Pentax E70 being a Compact camera.

Before diving in to a full comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the GF6 matches up versus the E70 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic GF6 over the Pentax E70

 GF6 E70 
RevealedApril 2013January 2009Newer by 52 months
Manual focus More accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.4"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution1040k112kSharper display (+928k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Panasonic GF6

 E70 GF6 

Common features in the Panasonic GF6 and Pentax E70

 GF6 E70 
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to travel with your camera often, you will have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Panasonic GF6 comes with physical dimensions of 111mm x 65mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") and a weight of 323 grams (0.71 lbs) and the Pentax E70 has proportions of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") along with a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the GF6 against the E70.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the GF6 and E70 is 87 and 94 respectively.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to picture the difference in sensor dimensions only by researching specifications. The pic underneath will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the GF6 and E70.

To sum up, both of those cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The GF6 with its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Panasonic GF6 will provide you with more detail having an extra 6MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics a little more aggressively. The more recent GF6 should have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 sensor size comparison

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Portrait photography info
Pentax E70 Portrait photography info
65
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect focus
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
19
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Street photography advice
Pentax E70 Street photography advice
77
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
features touch to focus
lack of image stabilization
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Sports photography highlights
Pentax E70 Sports photography highlights
51
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes tracking focus
slow frames per second (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
16
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Travel photography advice
Pentax E70 Travel photography advice
69
features touch to focus
good megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
no Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
50
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
low MP (10MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic GF6
Landscape photography with Pentax E70
67
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
no Timelapse function
22
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.4 inches)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic GF6 Vlogging highlights
Pentax E70 Vlogging highlights
32
touchscreen functionality
includes face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no microphone jack
22
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic jack
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Panasonic GF6 vs Pentax E70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic GF6 and Pentax E70
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6Pentax Optio E70
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 Pentax Optio E70
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-04-08 2009-01-05
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4592 x 3448 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Highest boosted ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 160 64
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens focal range - 35-105mm (3.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range - 10cm
Number of lenses 107 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.4 inches
Resolution of display 1,040k dot 112k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.30 m 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync -
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 1280 x 720p (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 640 x 480 (30/25fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 323 gr (0.71 pounds) 175 gr (0.39 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.6 not tested
DXO Low light score 622 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $326 $140